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A plume of smoke rises from a patch of unburned fuel in the interior of the Swan Lake Fire on the northern Kenai Peninsula on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Photo by Amber Kraxberger-Linson/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Swan Lake Fire perks up with hotter, drier weather but poses no threat

As expected, fire activity on the Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning on the northern Kenai Peninsula has increased in recent days as a result of unseasonably hot, dry weather. That trend will likely continue until a change in the weather. While most firefighting personnel have been released from the fire, the fire continues to put […]

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This photo of the South Fork Fire taken Monday morning by Mat-Su Area Forestry helitack crew member Colton Stegner shows the proximity of the fire to residences in the area. Photo by Colton Stegner/Alaska Division of Forestry.

State forestry battling small wildfire near Eagle River

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a small wildfire in Chugach State Park near the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead off Hiland Road. The South Fork Fire (#701) was reported at 12:50 a.m. on Monday as a 100-foot-by-100-foot creeping fire. An engine crew from the Mat-Su Area Forestry office in […]

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Shovel Creek Fire still putting up occasional smoke as firefighters continue patrols

More than 20 firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the Shovel Creek Fire (#319). The 22,453-acre wildfire near Murphy Dome about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks is 55 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning on June 21. Command of the fire was transferred from a Type 3 to a Type 4 […]

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Alaska State Fire Marshal lifts suspension on sale and use of fireworks

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the suspension on the use and sale of fireworks in Alaska, effective on Monday, July 29. This decision was based on the current low to moderate wildfire danger as a result of wetter and cooler weather. The ban was put in place by the State Fire Marshal’s […]

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Fairbanks Area Wildfire Update July 27: Rain helps calm fires

Firefighters working to contain several wildfires in the Fairbanks Area got a helping hand from Mother Nature on Friday in the form of much-needed, widespread rain that helped subdue fire behavior. While the rain that fell overnight Thursday and much of Friday isn’t enough to be considered a “season-ending event,” it should assist firefighters who […]

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Rain prevents growth on Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction

Widespread rain helped prevent any significant growth Friday on the 18,750-acre Rainbow 2 Fire burning northwest of Delta Junction. While the rain helped moderate fire activity, it also hampered both aviation operations and crew effectiveness because of the cloudy, wet conditions. There are 64 personnel working on the fire to prevent it from spreading into […]

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Rain helps firefighters working to contain Rainy Pass Fire

Firefighters on Saturday were continuing work to contain a remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage that is burning a mile from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Approximately 41 firefighters are on the ground mopping up the 96-acre Rainy Pass Fire (#671) that was started […]

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A small puff of smoke rises from the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) on Monday, July 22, 2019 along Chena Hot Springs Road. Photo by Liv Stecker/Alaska Division of Forestry

Nugget Creek Fire perks up with warmer, drier weather; State Parks reopens Granite Tors Trail

Fire personnel flew over the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) on Wednesday (July 24) and mapped the fire at 17,294 acres. Spread occurred primarily in the southeast corner of the fire with warmer temperatures over the last few days. Smoke from this fire and others may continue to impact the entire area today. Alaska State Parks […]

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A helicopter contracted by the Alaska Division of Forestry sits near Rainy Pass Lodge on Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019 as smoke from the Rainy Pass Fire a mile away is visible. Photo by Greg King/Soloy Helicopters

Weather hinders efforts to get firefighters on ground at Rainy Pass Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is trying to mobilize more firefighters to help contain a remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage that is burning a mile from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664), which was started by lightning on Tuesday […]

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The smoke column from the Rainy Pass Fire (#664) rises about one-half mile from Rainy Pass Lodge on Tuesday night, July 23, 2019. Photo by Alaska Division of Forestry Air Attack

Wildfire near Rainy Pass prompts evacuation of remote lodge along Iditarod Trail

A remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage late Tuesday night prompted the evacuation of more than two dozen people from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664) was reported at 8:11 p.m. after a lightning strike started the fire near Rainy […]

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